Kanye West
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Ever since Kanye made his return to Twitter last month, he has been going on many of his infamous rants, though he calls them a product of his new mindset of “free thinking”. As we all know, Ye has a very unique way with words, most of which quickly turn controversial. This made me wonder, what rant has caused the most buzz since his return? We’re here to figure it out.

First, we have Kanye’s Yeezy rant. Although this didn’t cause much controversy, it definitely got the people talking. He started out full force, with a statement most of us had to sit back and question. “I am currently the single highest paid person in footwear,” he tweeted. “That means I make more money on shoes than Michael Jordan.”

More money than Michael Jordan? Seems a little far fetched. After a brief intermission of North West and lady bugs, Kanye tweeted us some hard evidence that had us rethinking our doubts. “The Yeezy 350s sell 400 thousand pair in four hours. Only thing close to this is the iPhone,” Kanye claimed.

This helped everyone gain some perspective on the numbers YEEZY shoes are doing, considering the popularity of the iPhone. The tweets continued. “The desert rat 500 sold 250 thousand in one hour on Coachella weekend,” he added. “Please do not try to play Yeezy or anyone who wears Yeezy. We are the future.”

He concluded his YEEZY rant with, “The Yeezy 700 is Adidas most requested shoe.”

Ok, ok. We kind of believe you now. Although this was one of Kanye’s mild rants, this next one caused a massive uproar.

Next, we have Kanye’s slavery rant. Things all started when Kanye tweeted, “People respect people for following the general trend and consensus.” In a follow-up tweet he added, “There was a time when slavery was the trend and apparently that time is still upon us. But now it’s a mentality.”

When later asked about the rant, Kanye claimed slavery was a choice, and that did not sit well with many. People quickly began criticizing West for the comments, including everyone from Kobe Bryant to Stevie Wonder.

Many saw Kanye’s claim as blatant disrespect to any person of color. Does this mean that all of the people whose lives were uprooted and destroyed had a choice in their outcome? Seems a little ignorant, Kanye, don’t you think?

His comments even sparked a trend on Twitter, with the #IfSlaveryWasAChoice hashtag. Memes quickly turned it in to a joke, but at the end of the day, everyone was far from laughing.

And now, we saved the best for last: Kanye’s Trump rant. By unpopular opinion, West expressed his thoughts and apparent “love” on President Trump when he tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he wrote. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

Many could just not fathom how Kanye can support a man, who has spewed hatred toward minorities. He even co-signed the Trump movement by showing off his signed MAGA (Make American Great Again) ballcap.

Close friend and fellow musician, John Legend, came to the rescue and let Kanye know about himself in a lengthy text message. “I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump,” John went on. “You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.”

Kanye is correct, in the sense that you can think what you want and endorse who you want, but he must remain mindful that your beliefs fall in line with whom you support. In a world already filled with hate and violence, it’s easy to cause controversy when you have such a strong platform.

Although John made some pretty hard-hitting points, Kanye basically left it at “let’s agree to disagree”. We love you Kanye, but we hope you don’t advocate for the same issues when you run in 2024.

Kanye may seem like he just has Twitter fingers on the regular, but he summed up his explanation with one simple tweet. “Oh by the way this is my book that I’m writing in real time,” West noted. “No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write. This is not a financial opportunity this is an innate need to be expressive.”

And suddenly, it all makes sense.